Personally I prefer to workout in the morning. I love the “I already got my workout feeling” to start the day. Unfortunately, I already get up early to leave the house around 6:30am, so working out in the morning usually isn’t feasible (unless I want to go to bed at 8pm or something). Switching to afternoon workouts has been somewhat of a challenge, but it’s been manageable. I put together a few of my tips on how to make sure I follow through and don’t end up skipping it!
1. Have a Plan
On Saturday night or Sunday morning, I plan what I’m doing at the beginning of each week so that I don’t have to think about it during the busy work week. When I’m headed to the gym at the end of the day I’ve got one more task to knock of my list for the day and I don’t have to sit around thinking about what I should do. I also don’t run the risk of blowing it off because “I’ll workout tomorrow.” I know which days I’m doing something and which days I’m resting. I can rearrange my rest day schedule if needed (like if I’m too sore or something truly does come up) but I have something to do every day of the week. Since I’m not asking myself “if I’ll go” or “what I’ll do” I have less excuses to skip out on it.
Some things I schedule in:
- types of runs (long, hills, speed etc.)
- strength training (pick workouts off my pinterest board or use Nike trainer app)
- fitness classes (Zumba, strength, orange theory, bootcamp, yoga, etc)
Fun fact: I use to keep “emergency” workout note cards in my car, now my pinterest app on my phone has gotten rid of the need for that!
2. Have a Good Playlist
Whenever I put together a new workout playlist, instead of listening to Pandora or other radio app, I find myself looking forward to the music and my workout. I also find the workout ends up being a little better! (I so need to get a new playlist going right now speaking of that!)
3. Stay Accountable
The best way I stay accountable is by scheduling in classes that cost money (I’ll have to pay even if I miss.) Or sometimes I plan to do a workout with Mr. Hungry or a friend. Meeting a friend after work is the best motivation to get my workout on! Recording my workouts on the blog and on a notebook also helps motivate me and keeps me accountable.
4. Change BEFORE You Leave Work
Really this one should be number one in my eyes. I bring my gym clothes into work in the morning and change right before I leave. I have never once skipped a workout when I had my gym cloths on after work. I have skipped workouts when I either A) was driving to the gym but still in my business cloths or B) I had to go home and change into workout cloths (once the shower and PJs are in the line of sight it’s game over).
5. Eat an Hour or Two Before
Morning workouts are easy, half a banana with some almond butter and I’m good to go. To be honest, unless I’m doing a longer run or intense cardio I usually don’t eat anything. Afternoon workouts are a whole different ball game. When I first started switching to afternoon workouts I’d be so hungry in the gym after work I’d be miserable and end up leaving early. Now I’m sure to fuel my workouts with a decent size snack 1-2 hours before leaving for work. This usually means eating a lighter lunch so that I’m hungry for a snack when the time comes.
A few of my favorites:
- quest bars
- banana and peanut/almond/sun butter etc.
- almonds or trail mix (loving coconut sugar lemon almonds recently)
- the other half of lunch (if I bring a big one)
6. Workout in the Morning
I know I know, but I HAD to throw this one in there. To be honest on Fridays the likelihood of me getting in a workout after the workday is over diminishes rapidly. As much as I love working out, pizza, wine, and relaxing calls my name Friday at 5. Therefore, if I have a workout planned on Friday I will sometimes get up at 4am and get it over with because I just know it either won’t happen (or I’ll hate it) after work!
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